Metropolitan Police Department Commits to Zero Emissions with 300 New ZEVs

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is working to doing its part to achieve Tokyo's decarbonization goals by introducing zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

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On March 15, 2023, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) introduced its first zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). ZEVs are environmentally-sound vehicles that emit no exhaust gas. TMPD unveiled the new patrol cars at a facility in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

According to a representative of TMPD's Administration Bureau, a total of 300 ZEVs are to be deployed by the end of the month. "We hope to contribute to building momentum for a zero-emission society," he said.

In 2021, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced its "Future Tokyo" strategy. This mid to long-term plan calls for the conversion of all automobiles running in Tokyo to ZEVs. As such, the government is actively adopting ZEVs for official vehicles.

In response to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's policy, TMPD is gradually shifting its fleet to ZEVs.

The ZEV trend is global. ZEV deployed by the Indonesian Traffic Corps in 2022 (© @chongky via Wikimedia Commons).

On March 15, 30 new zero-emission patrol cars were deployed. Three models were included – Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, and Toyota Mirai.

Fifteen of the ZEVs were designated as "crime-fighting vehicles" to be used at various police stations for patrols and investigations.

The electric vehicles will be charged at facilities installed at police stations. While vehicles that use hydrogen will utilize privately-operated hydrogen stations.

You can find more stories on efforts in Tokyo to reduce carbon emissions and achieve the SDGs here.

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